I’ve returned! I know it’s been a rather long absence, but let me explain…

In March of this year, we moved down valley to Eagle. Amid the hustle and lack of organization that comes from a short notice move, I lost my digital camera, and have yet to find it.

Right after the move came a huge scramble to finish my commercial kitchen in time for wedding season. This was a very stressful time of finding the right space, modifying it to comply with local health department codes, ordering equipment, coordinating deliveries, and inspections. If you’ve ever opened or worked in a restaurant or food establishment prior to opening, you know what I’m talking about, and the work that comes with it.

The kitchen was finished just in time for my first wedding in June. And just like that, wedding season took off. It was a good season with several incredible jobs.

Oh, and we also fostered a dog for two months, and adopted a new puppy.

But, the good news is, I am back! I have been here the whole time, assisting with questions, reading your comments, and feeling touched that you all still come on here to bake and master your high altitude kitchens. And now I am ready to bake again and share more recipes.

This past summer and holiday season, I feel like there were several recipes I just seem to have on repeat- they are solid, delicious recipes that are simply impossible to replace. For those seeking inspiration, keep reading:

Mountain Cornbread – Anytime we have smoked or BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, etc., this is my go-to side. You won’t be disappointed- promise.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Olive Oil Cake – A great dessert to bring along to holiday gatherings this time of year. The touch of orange or tangerine zest rounds everything out perfectly.

Soft Pretzels – These are fast and satisfying. Turn them up a notch by sprinkling with seasoning and shredded cheese.

Spice Layer Cake with Maple Meringue – Yum, just yum. The meringue frosting is light as a cloud.

Pumpkin Crumble Muffins – My favorite pumpkin muffin recipe to date.

Banana Bread – Enjoy without or without the peanut butter glaze. Not too greasy, pleasantly moist, soft, and full of banana flavor.

Braided Pistachio Coffeecake – I can think of no tastier item to eat on Christmas morning than this…

Homemade Ding Dongs – Great chocolate cake recipe.

Walnut Pear Coffeecake – Another great holiday breakfast keeper.

My Favorite Honey-Glazed Dinner Rolls – I make these every Thanksgiving and Christmas, sometimes multiple times for celebrating with different families. Dinner roll perfection.

Stay tuned for more recipes coming soon. My warmest holiday wishes to all.


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